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Accident causes VRE delays

By Jennifer Buske

6:10 p.m. Update: It's been a crazy day for commuting. First a Metro train hits equipment on or near the Red Line tracks. Now it turns out Train 329 was delayed because it hit a large Amtrak food cart, which was parked in the wrong location, according to VRE officials. Why the cart was in a location where it could be hit -- it is unclear if it was on the tracks or hanging off the platform -- is under investigation, VRE officials said.

Update: Delays appear to be easing as the evening progresses. At 6:19 Train 333 was 30 minutes late at Crystal City and Train 311 was operating 5 minutes late. Officials said they did not anticipate delays to later trains.

5:55 p.m. Update: Train 333 will be about 20 minutes late due to train congestion.

5:32 p.m. Update: Train 307 is on the move and has left L'Enfant. The next Manassas Line train will skip L'Enfant but another is right behind that one, officials said.

5:35 p.m. Update: Manassas Train 329 is 45 minutes late; 307 is 35 minutes late. Trains 331 and 309 will both be at least 15 minutes late, officials said. Riders should also pay close attention to what train they are boarding since the normal order may shift due to the problems with 329.

5:18 p.m. Update: Officials say Trains 329 and 307 should be on the move soon, but the trains will be extremely crowded and riders should wait for the next trains.

5:11 p.m. Update: VRE opened the Metrorail option for riders due to several delays arising from an equipment problem at Union Station. Manassas Train 329 is 35 minutes late; Fredricksburg Train 307 is 20 minutes late. According to officials, 329 is actually stuck in the tunnel at Union Station due to a malfunction, which is blocking other trains from leaving.

Original post: Some Virginia Railway Express riders may experience delays Thursday evening following the cancellation of a morning Manassas Line train, rail officials said.

Train 332 out of Broad Run experienced a mechanical failure Thursday morning and riders were given the option of taking Metro for free, VRE officials said. Train 332 is still waiting for a spare engine to couple with so that it can get to Union Station for the evening commute. If this does not happen in time, Train 335 out of Union Station will be canceled, VRE officials said.
Some riders this morning said they were unaware of the status of the train due to delays in getting alerts. VRE officials said the company they contract with, SignPost Networks out of Georgia, has had issues for the past several days transmitting messages and are still trying to clear up the problem.

VRE officials said people can also follow the commuter rail service on Twitter or on their Web site (www.vre.org) to check for updates. Riders can also call 1-800-RIDE-VRE.

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By Jennifer Buske  | November 18, 2010; 6:10 PM ET
Categories:  Commuter Rail, Northern Virginia, Virginia Railway Express  
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Since when does Metro run to Manassas?

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 18, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

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